Mobile home owners get rent hike reprieve |

Mobile home owners get rent hike reprieve

by Regina Purcell, Tribune News Service

MINDEN — Residents of the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park got a reprieve Thursday as new owners withdrew a planned Dec. 1 rent increase.

The residents, most members of the Stateline Homeowners Association, appealed to the Douglas County Commission on Sept. 19 for assistance with what they termed unfair rent increases.

At the September meeting, commissioners told residents they could prepare an emergency rent ordinance for the entire lake area of Douglas County at its Oct. 17 meeting at Lake Tahoe if the issue was not resolved.

After meeting with commission Chairman Don Miner and association representatives, the owners asked to have the matter removed from the agenda at Thursday’s meeting. Mike McLaughlin of the Feldman & Shaw law firm, which represents the park owners, told commissioners they withdrew the planned rent increase and had scheduled a meeting with the association and residents for Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Kahle Community Center to try to come to some mutual agreement.

An association representative said they were not aware of the meeting, but told commissioners they appreciate its efforts.

Resident Jan Christensen is not so swayed.

“We shall see,” she said. “I don’t believe something until I see it. I think (owners) are just blowing smoke” about caring about residents’ needs.

McLaughlin said the owners believe the proposed rent increase that would have brought monthly rents at the park up to $650 — a “fair amount” compared to other waterfront property at the lake. But McLaughlin cautioned owners plan to redevelop the land.

“The owners have not hid the intent to redevelop,” McLaughlin said. “The new owners have bought the property for redevelopment. We don’t know what or when.

“The idea was to provide some comfort to residents.”

Residents complained that owners have increased rent an average of 8 percent per year; and about the now-withdrawn lease agreement that amounted to an 18 to 27 percent increase in rents next year.

The owners, a partnership of at least three Nevada, California and Minneapolis companies, bought the 17-acre park for $12.6 million in February. McLaughlin said the withdrawn increase would have been the first rent increase from the current owners.

Miner assured residents that it will take at least two years before the property is actually redeveloped.

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